Monday, May 6, 2013 - Join
us for a Farm Walk at Heron Pond
Heron Pond Farms, LLC, located at
the base of Tower Mountain in Spokane, WA, is a small, sustainable,
family-owned farm providing quality artisan cheeses and heritage pork to local,
discerning individuals, markets and restaurants . They are dedicated to
humanely raising healthy, happy Dairy Goats and Large Black Hogs with no
hormones-added, in a pasture-based setting that encourages the animals to
behave naturally. During this farm walk, visitors will have the opportunity
learn what goes into creating a Grade A Dairy. See the operation starting from
the milking room and ending at the cheese cave. Meet the happy goats and pigs
that make Heron Pond Farms their home. Cheese tasting included!
Small Acreage program helps property
owners of less than 100 acres with technical assistance, education, and
information for smaller tracts of land.
"We often find that smaller tracts are not commercially
viable in the normal sense of the word,” stated Pat Munts, Small Acreage
Coordinator. “Small acreages are often ‘too small’ to attract larger commercial
ag operators. As a result, the landowner is left in a quandary of what to
do with the 19 acres of noxious weeds sounding the one-acre of residential
landscaping? Keep in mind that our state law requires landowners to
control noxious weeds, which can be an expensive endeavor if a commercial
applicator has to be hired."
These are just some of the challenges facing landowners in
Spokane County. Our goal of this new Small Acreage Program will be to provide
educational and technical assistance to those landowners living on less than
100 acres that wish to better utilize the potential of the land to raise
livestock, crops or both.